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Your Q’s, Sam’s A’s

Your wedding is FULL of decisions…oh so many decisions. My hope with this Q&A is to help you feel more confident in your decision to choose the BBS team.

After reading through it, if you feel our vibe, then get in touch with us at sam@blissbysam.com and we can talk more about all those decisions together.

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Samantha Dockery, Owner/Lead Consultant
HOW DID YOU BECOME A WEDDING PLANNER?

Believe it or not, I started in nursing! I pursued a nursing degree at East Carolina University. While there, I helped plan events for student organizations that I was involved in. After becoming engaged and planning my own wedding, one thing became abundantly clear – I really enjoy planning events, ESPECIALLY weddings!

I also earned my Masters in Business Administration. Between that and my experience as a pediatric nurse, I learned some great skills for event planning like:

  • Innovative problem-solving techniques (Seriously…. kids start wising up when you keep telling them Benadryl is red Kool-Aid with a twang or a shot is magic juice that will give you super powers!)

  • Commitment to caring – caring about people, the details, and delivering results

  • No-nonsense business approach

  • I am great at ‘stabilizing’ a crisis and eliminating many of the stresses that deflect from the magic of a dream wedding day.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A WEDDING PLANNER?

My past professional experience, combined with my sincere love for planning weddings and events, gave rise to Bliss by Sam in 2005. BBS is my passion and in just a few short years, it became one of the largest planning firms in the Triangle NC area. In 2012, I expanded into Chicago and we’re excited for the growth we’re seeing in that city!

YOUR JOB SOUNDS PRETTY FUN, IF YOU’RE INTO THAT KIND OF STUFF. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PLANNER?

It’s the fun of customizing the wedding theme to your unique personalities, ensuring that they show through in every element of your ceremony and reception.

As a lover of most music genres, I envision myself as the conductor of one of the most important days in your life. My mission is to ensure that the melodies and notes of your day come together for one beautiful masterpiece.

SO, THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION, WHAT MAKES YOU SO SPECIAL?

THE BLISS BY SAM WAY!

I’ve coined the term “The Bliss by Sam Way” which is defined as my team of Professional Wedding Planners’ commitment to being:

  • Educated

  • Aware of current trends

  • Precise

  • Organized

  • Timely

  • Creative
  • Quick problem solvers and…
  • Super Fun! (If we’re not having fun, we’re not doing it right.)

We are unique because we are diverse in life experiences, ages and culture.

I’ve also spent COUNTLESS hours creating a systematic and streamlined process by which we

work with each client (I’m a nerd that way). This way, no matter which planner you work with, your experience will follow “The BBS Way”.

Finally, to ensure quality of service and proper supervision of my team, I personally limit myself to 10-12 full service weddings per year. This ensures that I am able to properly follow-up with all BBS clients to ensure their planning process is per “The BBS Way”.

HOW DO I KNOW IF WE’RE A GOOD FIT?

Do you have a clear sense of self and a sense of humor? Let’s get to work and have some fun doing it. Do you have an idea of what you want, but no idea how to make it happen? Let us be your guide. Do you have absolutely no ideas about what you want? Oh boy, oh boy. We’d love to help you build a beautiful vision together! You are the reason we are here. Our clients will tell you that when you work with BBS, you will not only get straight-forward, impartial feedback from us, but you’ll also get planners who are here for you, emotionally and more.

WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept electronic payments. Once we receive your non-refundable retainer, we are pleased to be able to offer the option of setting up automatic payments. With automatic payment set-up, you will never have to worry about sending checks and you will not have to be bothered with financial matters on the day of your event.

DO YOU HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE?

Yes.

HOW MUCH CONTROL WILL I HAVE OVER MY WEDDING IF YOU ARE PLANNING IT FOR ME?

We are an extension of your wishes and expectations for your day. You will be granted access to a web-based collaboration and communication tool so we can all stay on the same page and allow you to maintain control of your wedding.

In the same breath, it’s all about trust. Trust that we have taken the utmost care to ensure that you get not only what you deserve, but what you paid for…the most fantabulous wedding possible. All eyes will be on you. So enjoy, let go and let Bliss!

THIS ALL SOUNDS SO WONDERFUL. BUT, IT ALSO SEEMS EXPENSIVE. ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD ALL THIS?

During our training, we learned that it takes the average bride over 200 hours to plan her wedding. That’s FIVE 40-hour work weeks. Can you imagine that? The schedule of most busy professionals will not allow for that, can yours? Many of our past clients have thanked us for saving them time, energy and money!

Besides, can you put a price on peace of mind? There have been several people who opted to plan their own weddings because of ‘cost’. However, those who invested in BBS have time and time again admitted to us that their day, quite frankly, would have been a “hot mess” had we not been in the house! We can help you avoid that too.

WILL YOU WORK THE WEDDING WITH EVENT PROFESSIONALS I’VE ALREADY FOUND OR PEOPLE I REALLY WANT TO WORK WITH?

Yes. We are happy to collaborate with your wedding and event professionals to make sure your wishes are taken into consideration with every detail.

DO YOU TAKE MORE THAN ONE WEDDING PER DAY?

No. Each consultant only takes one event per day.

MAY WE CONTACT SOME OF YOUR FORMER CLIENTS TO SEE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU?

Most definitely! We invite you to do some research and we are confident that the feedback you gain will put all doubts to rest. We also invite you to browse our client and event professional testimonials.

WE HAVE A COUPLE MORE QUESTIONS BEFORE GETTING STARTED…CAN I CALL YOU TO DISCUSS THIS FURTHER?

Of course. Please feel free to call us with any questions or ideas you may have at 919.949.5748 (NC) or 312.465.2295 (Chicago); or you can email me at sam@blissbysam.com to discuss your questions.

I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT!

Blissfully Yours,

Samantha Dockery

Owner/Lead Consultant

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